Michael C Cooper Raymond Mays Harry E Smittle Jr Mary A Flaugher Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Ricky L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Cecil N Graham Sawyers charged in sex for heroin plot Group demands changes at ELSD Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann Kids enjoy a ‘Touch-a-Truck’ event in Mt. Orab New police chief takes over in Fayetteville BC Chamber moving forward on 2017 SummerFest Two killed in wrong way crash in Mt. Orab Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Corbin testifies before Ohio Senate Five arrested in Hamersville drug bust Neil Diamond tribute band coming Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Women return to county jail as funds start to run low Georgetown Council takes action on vacant structures Veterans honored in Mt. Orab John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London Mary J Hall Kenneth R Behymer Western Brown’s Joe Sams commits to Marietta College WBHS to hold girls youth basketball camp Huseman signs with UC Clermont Day to continue baseball career on collegiate level at UC Clermont Western’s Pack signs with NKU WBHS to host youth boys basketball camp Eastern’s Rigdon, Hopkins are STATE BOUND James Ratliff

Georgetown, Eastern MS honored by state

gtown-high-school-20161129_093621By Wayne Gates –

The Georgetown School District and Eastern Middle School have both been recognized by the Ohio Department of Education.
Both received the “2016  Momentum Award”, which means that student academic growth was above average in all groups.
“This is big for us.  Our people are now affirmed that the work they do day in and day out is paying off.  I’m extremely proud of everyone on our staff,” said Georgetown Superintendent Christopher Burrows.
“We are very pleased… and especially proud that Eastern Middle School’s value added composite score ranked 24th out of over 3,000 schools in the state of Ohio,” said Eastern Middle School Principal Jordan Michael.
“I am very proud of the Eastern Middle School students, staff, and community stakeholders. I believe this award says a lot about the hard work put in by a lot of special people. It speaks volumes for the EMS students, staff, and also those teachers at the lower grade levels in our district that have such a large thumb print on every student that comes to us at the middle school level. We are excited to continue setting the achievement bar high and keep moving forward each year, as each school year is an opportunity to positively affect young lives.”
Only 54 out of 650 school districts received the award.
“In order to receive the Momentum Award, districts had to have straight A’s in the academic growth categories,” he said.
Those categories include gifted students, the lowest twenty percent in academic achievement and students with disabilities.
“If a school district receives a C on their growth report card, that means that they grew achievement for their kids at the expected level for one year of instruction.  Anything above a C is progress in achievement for those students beyond what is expected from them in one year’s time,” Burrows said.
He added that he was very pleased with the work that his staff has put in to achieve the academic growth recognized by the state.
“When you are in a district like Georgetown where 60 percent of our kids are disadvantaged and 14 percent have disabilities, you have to grow those kids more than a year in a years worth of instruction if they are ever going to achieve  academic indicator goals.”

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